The Protein Gap – nutritional science’s biggest error

The protein gap – nutritional science’s biggest error Sayan Puangkham/Shutterstock Geoff Webb, University of East London In the three decades following World War II it became an almost universal belief of nutritional scientists that protein deficiency was the most serious and widespread dietary deficiency in the world. Improving protein nutrition became a high priority for…

Paul Kammerer 1880-1926 and the case of the midwife toad.

Overview Paul Kammerer was an Austrian biologist and expert on amphibians (herpetologist) who in September 1926 shot himself in the head 6 weeks after being accused in an article in Nature of faking one of his most important specimens. This was just before he was due to take up a senior scientific post in the…

Diederik Stapel – eminent “pop star” psychologist and blatant fraudster  

Overview Stapel was a controversial Dutch psychology professor, very well-known because of his frequent media presence. He produced many eye catching social psychology papers that attracted media attention. One of his many headline-making papers purported to show that an untidy environment increased people’s racist tendencies. From 2006 onwards he was based at Tilburg University where…

Fruits and vegetables: should it be 5,7, or even 10-a-day?

Background Generations of parents have encouraged their children to eat their vegetables. There is an almost intuitive assumption that plenty of vegetables and fruit is an important part a healthy diet. In the 1956 Four Food Group Plan, the cornerstone of dietary guidance in the USA for almost forty years, the target was at least…